The Green New Deal weaves energy policy with reordering other aspects of farming, as activists envision ridding U.S. agriculture of fossil fuels and “factory farms,” while repairing historic oppression.
The aspirations outlined in the resolution introduced into the House and Senate provides a path to replacing pesticides and “gas-guzzling tractors,” and making reparations for lands stolen from indigenous nations, according to a website post by the Organic Consumers Association.
The Maine-based association was one of several groups that Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley singled out in their joint press release praising the Green New Deal for its potential to “counteract systemic injustices.”
“The GND is so good it speaks for itself,” the Organic Consumers Association said in the post. Efforts to reach the group for further comment were unsuccessful.
The resolution, sponsored by 68 House Democrats and 12 Senate Democrats, calls for industry and agriculture to be carbon fee within 10 years as much as is “technologically feasible.” This would be accomplished by measures such as “funding for community-defined projects and strategies” and “new policies and programs.”
“Think of the GND Res as a ‘Request for Proposals.’ We’ve defined the scope and where we want to go. Now let’s assess + collab on projects,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, tweeted Sunday. An email to Ocasio-Cortez’s press office asking for more details on her plans for agriculture was not answered.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, highlighted the fill-in-the-blank nature of the resolution in a Facebook video. “The Green New Deal is an outline, and we need to fill in all of those details. And we need your help in filling in those details,” he said.
At a press conference to roll out the Green New Deal, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said the Green New Deal was in an early stage.
“All issues go through three phases: political education, political activation, political implementation. So you’re seeing the beginning of the education and activation phase and ultimately we’re going to have legislative, implementation phase on this program,” he said.
The resolution does not direct any government agency to do anything, but leading Democrats acknowledge the role of organizations such as the Sunrise Movement had in inspiring its content.
“Excited that @SenMarkey, my former colleague, & @AOC are starting a conversation in Congress on #GreenNewDeal and thrilled this movement (and groups like @sunrisemvment) has forced climate action onto the agenda,” tweeted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a possible presidential candidate.
The Sunrise Movement’s Green New Deal vision is to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture within 12 years, “including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country.” The vision also includes mitigating “deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth.” Efforts to get further comment from the group were unsuccessful.
Sunrise Movement Executive Director Varshini Prakash accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of trying to stop the Green New Deal’s momentum by planning to put it to a vote. She tweeted that McConnell was in the pocket of fossil fuel billionaire campaign donors” and “so out of touch with regular people.”
“Mitch McConnell is going to regret this sorry attempt to stop the Green New Deal,” she tweeted.